Foreign aid is not an optional extra. Abolish the DSA

DO NOT REPEAL any legislation that enables the donation of foreign aid. Our survival as the human race and as a planet depends on us – belatedly – finding a way to enable all the world's people to live decent lives. This means first and foremost establishing a world economic system based on FAIR trade (not  free) and it means prioritising development activity that is a) culturally, socially and environmentally sustainable and b) meets the needs that aid recipients themselves have identified. It means not tying aid to expensive and inappropriate contracts with British firms.

Above all, it means that UK at long last must stop supplying arms ideally to any country at all but certainly to countries devastated by civil war, ethnic oppression and human rights abuses. All of which we have commonly done.  The DSA is the principal agency of government promoting this inhuman trade.

And to all those bleating on on this site about immigration: this is the first plank in a strategy to stem the flow of asylum seekers and other migrants!  We can hardly complain about refugees from a civil war that we have helped perpetuate through the arms trade. Or indeed the continuing flow of people who unashamedly are fleeing dire poverty. Of course it would be better for everyone if they could stay in their home country. It's what most would wish to do. So let's establish a world economic system that promotes appropriate and sustainable development in the poorest parts of the world.

Why is this idea important?

DO NOT REPEAL any legislation that enables the donation of foreign aid. Our survival as the human race and as a planet depends on us – belatedly – finding a way to enable all the world's people to live decent lives. This means first and foremost establishing a world economic system based on FAIR trade (not  free) and it means prioritising development activity that is a) culturally, socially and environmentally sustainable and b) meets the needs that aid recipients themselves have identified. It means not tying aid to expensive and inappropriate contracts with British firms.

Above all, it means that UK at long last must stop supplying arms ideally to any country at all but certainly to countries devastated by civil war, ethnic oppression and human rights abuses. All of which we have commonly done.  The DSA is the principal agency of government promoting this inhuman trade.

And to all those bleating on on this site about immigration: this is the first plank in a strategy to stem the flow of asylum seekers and other migrants!  We can hardly complain about refugees from a civil war that we have helped perpetuate through the arms trade. Or indeed the continuing flow of people who unashamedly are fleeing dire poverty. Of course it would be better for everyone if they could stay in their home country. It's what most would wish to do. So let's establish a world economic system that promotes appropriate and sustainable development in the poorest parts of the world.

How to reform the foreign aid to better help the third world develop, increase food security, reduce CO2, increase forest cover in the UK and build cheap and affordable houses for British people.

 

This is long, so bear with me:

We should convert 12% of farmland in the UK into 90% woodland and 10% housing. This would build roughly 3.8 million houses and add another 560,000 hectares of forest, increasing the amount of forest cover of the UK by 56%. This would also cut our carbon footprint by 8% (a big contribution towards our aim to cut 80% by 2050) and generally improving the environment.

Then use the Foreign Aid budget to build farms in the developing world by buying licenses of the governments there. We can then use the food grown in this otherwise unused but productive land to feed our population and increase food sustainability. 

There is of course the matter of security for our farms. It is unlikely for there to be Zimbabwe style farm invasions as this policy shall increase affluence and decrease unemployment in these countries. In the very worst case scenario, we can deploy British troops to protect these farms, though this may also be unnecessary as we should try to get the foreign governments to control crime.

And just to clear one thing out the way, Africa is not all barren and unfertile. It has 28% of all the worlds arable land, more than North America and Europe combined and furthermore more than any other continent, even Asia or South America. The reason it is not very productive is that it is poorly run by corrupt governments. Prime examples are Sudan, Congo, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The amount of shipping and flights from foreign countries to the UK delivering food may generate some emissions, though this is dwarfed by the mass of trees and other plants being grown in the UK and the foreign countries.

Why is this idea important?

 

This is long, so bear with me:

We should convert 12% of farmland in the UK into 90% woodland and 10% housing. This would build roughly 3.8 million houses and add another 560,000 hectares of forest, increasing the amount of forest cover of the UK by 56%. This would also cut our carbon footprint by 8% (a big contribution towards our aim to cut 80% by 2050) and generally improving the environment.

Then use the Foreign Aid budget to build farms in the developing world by buying licenses of the governments there. We can then use the food grown in this otherwise unused but productive land to feed our population and increase food sustainability. 

There is of course the matter of security for our farms. It is unlikely for there to be Zimbabwe style farm invasions as this policy shall increase affluence and decrease unemployment in these countries. In the very worst case scenario, we can deploy British troops to protect these farms, though this may also be unnecessary as we should try to get the foreign governments to control crime.

And just to clear one thing out the way, Africa is not all barren and unfertile. It has 28% of all the worlds arable land, more than North America and Europe combined and furthermore more than any other continent, even Asia or South America. The reason it is not very productive is that it is poorly run by corrupt governments. Prime examples are Sudan, Congo, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The amount of shipping and flights from foreign countries to the UK delivering food may generate some emissions, though this is dwarfed by the mass of trees and other plants being grown in the UK and the foreign countries.

Overseas aid

End this charade and whilst at it drastically cut the number of overseas diplomatic posts especially Defence Attache sinecures.

Why is this idea important?

End this charade and whilst at it drastically cut the number of overseas diplomatic posts especially Defence Attache sinecures.

Reduce overseas aid

The UK's international aid programme must be reviewed and not ring-fenced. Aid to countries – India and China, for example – that spend money on non-essential projects such as space exploration MUST cease, It must also be withdrawn from states that abuse civil liberties. Aid to other countries must be cut by at least 25 per cent in line with the proposed reductions  to UK budgets.

Why is this idea important?

The UK's international aid programme must be reviewed and not ring-fenced. Aid to countries – India and China, for example – that spend money on non-essential projects such as space exploration MUST cease, It must also be withdrawn from states that abuse civil liberties. Aid to other countries must be cut by at least 25 per cent in line with the proposed reductions  to UK budgets.

Children Benefit being sent home by foreigners

I don't think it's fair that Child Benefit can be claimed by EU nationals and sent home to their country for children that don't even live here. What makes it worse, is that they need little proof if any of how many children they have and the amount of money claimed is more than the child benefit they would recieve in their own country.

Why is this idea important?

I don't think it's fair that Child Benefit can be claimed by EU nationals and sent home to their country for children that don't even live here. What makes it worse, is that they need little proof if any of how many children they have and the amount of money claimed is more than the child benefit they would recieve in their own country.

Stop foreign aid (or at least review it)

We currently give away a great deal of money in foreign aid.

The recipients of this aid include countries who are nuclear powers and can afford space programmes.

There is justification for helping out with disasters and starvation, when it can be ensured that the money goes to the intended recipients.

Why is this idea important?

We currently give away a great deal of money in foreign aid.

The recipients of this aid include countries who are nuclear powers and can afford space programmes.

There is justification for helping out with disasters and starvation, when it can be ensured that the money goes to the intended recipients.

Un-Ring Fence foreign Aid for the upcoming budget

Currently the nation is about to undergo massive cuts, but foreign aid has been ring fenced.

Make it available for cuts again, or at least tell the British public why is has been protected.

Why is this idea important?

Currently the nation is about to undergo massive cuts, but foreign aid has been ring fenced.

Make it available for cuts again, or at least tell the British public why is has been protected.

Reducing The United Kingdom’s National Deficit – No To Europe & Foreign Aid

According to the Maastricht Treaty, the deficit of any nation should not exceed 3% of the Gross Domestic Product of that Nation.  According to the Office For National Statistics our 2009 deficit at £159,200,000,000 was 11.4% of the Gross Domestic Product.  According to the Maastricht Treaty, the cumulative debit of any nation should not exceed 60% of the Gross Domestic Product of that Nation.  According to the Office For National Statistics our 2009 cumulative debt at £950,400,000,000 was 68.1% of the Gross Domestic Product.  It is clear from these figures that something is very, very wrong.

Why is this idea important?

According to the Maastricht Treaty, the deficit of any nation should not exceed 3% of the Gross Domestic Product of that Nation.  According to the Office For National Statistics our 2009 deficit at £159,200,000,000 was 11.4% of the Gross Domestic Product.  According to the Maastricht Treaty, the cumulative debit of any nation should not exceed 60% of the Gross Domestic Product of that Nation.  According to the Office For National Statistics our 2009 cumulative debt at £950,400,000,000 was 68.1% of the Gross Domestic Product.  It is clear from these figures that something is very, very wrong.

Remove Foreign Aid

Remove the legislation that dictates that billions of pounds of tax payers money is sent to foreign governments who either don't need it or who use it to buy arms, limousines and palaces.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the legislation that dictates that billions of pounds of tax payers money is sent to foreign governments who either don't need it or who use it to buy arms, limousines and palaces.

FORIGN AID

STOP ALL TAX PAYERS BILLIONS OF POUNDS GOING TO FORIGN AID AS WE CAN NOT AFFORD IT AND NEED IT OUR SELFS IF WE NEED TO MAKE OUR OWN POOR SUFFER HARD SHIP THEN WE CAN NOT GIVE MONEY AWAY CHARITY STARTS AT HOME

REMEMBER THIS  THE  BILL AND BEN COALITION

ALSO TAX ALL MPS EXPENSES AND PERKS

Why is this idea important?

STOP ALL TAX PAYERS BILLIONS OF POUNDS GOING TO FORIGN AID AS WE CAN NOT AFFORD IT AND NEED IT OUR SELFS IF WE NEED TO MAKE OUR OWN POOR SUFFER HARD SHIP THEN WE CAN NOT GIVE MONEY AWAY CHARITY STARTS AT HOME

REMEMBER THIS  THE  BILL AND BEN COALITION

ALSO TAX ALL MPS EXPENSES AND PERKS